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Lost at sea: Has government sunk wave and tidal power?

Lost at sea: Has government sunk wave and tidal power? Creative commons image Credit: Fundy under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 07 Mar 2014
Is the UK government being bold enough in its plans to harness tidal power? Perhaps not, worries Godfrey Boyle.

Taken at the flood: An open letter to Nigel Farage

Taken at the flood: An open letter to Nigel Farage Creative commons image Credit: European Parliament under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 13 Feb 2014
The sight of UKIP's Nigel Farage in deep water prompted Joe Smith to write a personal note with a generous offer of help.

Tackling flooding from ground up

Tackling flooding from ground up Creative commons image Credit: cheltenhamborough | Flickr
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jan 2014
With increasing likelihood and frequency of flooding expected in Britain, what can be done to prevent the devastation? 

The IPCC report in a social nutshell

The IPCC report in a social nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: Production team - grabbed from rough cut
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
As the IPCC publishes its report on Climate Change, Mark Brandon collects the headline thoughts of author Piers Forster.

Planet watchers

Planet watchers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 02 Sep 2013
As Open University researchers are discovering, environmental research is not just about the melting ice caps and endangered polar bears, but also...

Human population growth and the natural world

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Human population growth and the natural world Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2013
Is population growth dismantling the building blocks of the natural world? Bob May talks to Shared Planet's Monty Don.

'Good' food destroying biodiversity?

'Good' food destroying biodiversity? Creative commons image Credit: nic0 under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Updated 21 May 2013
On International Day for Biodiversity (22 May 2013), maybe it's time you considered the impact of the production of ‘good’ food on biodiversity

Life on a 'New Earth'?

Life on a 'New Earth'? Creative commons image Credit: By FbThienVanHoc via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2011
Is there anybody out there? The recent discovery of a 'New Earth' has expanded our obsession with extra-terrestrial life. But what...

Greenpeace at 40: from ecological pirates to lobbyists and lawyers

Greenpeace at 40: from ecological pirates to lobbyists and lawyers Creative commons image Credit: By Capitan Giona via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Sep 2011
Few political groups sustain decades of useful work, never mind achieve the global reach of campaigning organisations like Greenpeace. In this blog...

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This is the fifth and final unit in the series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
Masters level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 May 2014
This unit begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major sources of water pollution (these being sewage works,...

Managing coastal environments

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Managing coastal environments Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This unit looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how...

Transport and sustainability

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Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: S.Potter
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
This unit is the first in the series of five units that introduce the idea of modelling with mathematics. This unit centres on a mathematical model...

Environment: Following the flows

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Environment: Following the flows Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
What affects the atmospheric and ocean flows? This unit explores the mechanisms that are important; the most rapid carrier is the wind. The basic...

Climate change

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Climate change Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Human societies have to take urgent action to end their dependences on fossil fuels. We have to alter the whole path of our development and...

Working with our environment - an introduction

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Working with our environment - an introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This unit examines the use of ozone depleting technology, the...

Global warming

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Jul 2011
This unit provides an introduction to global warming. We will be considering the history of global warming by looking at the pattern of ice ages...